WATERLOO, Ont. (January 28, 2016) – The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks faced the Windsor Lancers on home court Wednesday night and came up shy for the second time this season as they suffered a 72-69 loss.
The game began with a quick pace for the Hawks as third year guard NICOLE MORRISON of Hamilton, was first to get on the scoreboard and set the pace that would lead her team to an 11-4 lead midway through the first quarter. Although the Windsor, Ont., team closed the gap by a couple points, the lead continued for the home team for the remainder of the first frame, which concluded in a 15-10 score.
The second quarter saw the Lancer women struggle to find their reputed prowess on the court and Laurier outshot the visitors throughout. By the end of the first half, Laurier was making good on 38.9 percent of field goals and 31.3 percent on three-point-shots, higher than their opponents in both categories to earn the 33-29 lead.
The second half brought a shift in momentum that woke the Lancers out of their lethargy. Third year forward Emily Prevost of Montreal, who had already notched an outstanding 17 points and eight rebounds for the Lancers at the half, began to see more help from her teammates in the third quarter to outscore the Hawks 27-16 and take the lead.
Although the Hawks made a valiant effort to retake the lead or force the issue into overtime, the Lancers (8-4) were able to drain the clock and take their seventh win of the season with a 72-69 game over the Hawks. Prevost finished the game with an outstanding 31 points and 10 points for the double-double, while her teammate Andrea Kiss of Tecumseh, Ont., earned a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds on the night.
For the Golden Hawks (6-6) it was Morrison making headlines for the second consecutive game with her total of 22 points, four rebounds, and three assists. Fourth year forward Heather Payne (North Bay, Ont.) had a good night working the boards as she tallied seven points and 11 rebounds on the night.
The Golden Hawks travel to London, Ont., next to take on long-time school rivals the Western Mustangs. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 30 and can be seen on OUA.tv.